simple truth is that the wire transfer and thebank book are as much the tools of the drugtrade as the scale and the gun. . . the nexusbetween drugs and money means that if weare to succeed in the war against drugs, wemust be as vigorous in our prosecution of corrupt bankers as we are of street dealers.
In going after BCCI, Morgenthau's officequickly found that in addition to fighting off the bank, it would receive resistance fromalmost every other institution or entityconnected to BCCI, including at various times,BCCI's multitude of prominent and politicallywell-connected lawyers, BCCI's accountants,BCCI's shareholders, the Bank of England, theBritish Serious Fraud Office, and the U.S.Department of Justice. Each, while professingto cooperate with the District Attorney, in factwithheld information from the District Attorneyand in some cases, impede, delay, or obstructhis inquiry for months. Ultimately, Morgenthauproved BCCI's criminality, not because of information or cooperation provided by othergovernment agencies -- with the key exceptionof the Federal Reserve, there was almost none-- but because BCCI had left a trail of evidenceof wrongdoing there for anyone with thetenacity to pursue it.Information From Senate Aide InitiatesInvestigationIn the late spring of 1989, Jack Blum, who had